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Poster: Moongleam Date: May 1, 2012 11:39pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lulu Belle (1948) - copyright status?

The copyright was renewed in 1975. (And Alpha Video doesn't sell it.) It could be p.d. if it lacks a valid copyright notice in the opening or ending credits.

A valid notice must contain the name of the copyright holder, the word "copyright" or the copyright symbol, and the year. ("Night of the Living Dead" is p.d. only because it lacked such a notice. Another film on this site that lacked a notice is "The Saint Louis Bank Robbery", starring Steve McQueen.)

If you want to have better luck finding p.d. movies that haven't been uploaded here, look at the output of the "poverty row" studios such as Tiffany, Monogram, P.R.C. (Producers Releasing Corporation), and Pine-Thomas Productions.

You could periodically check this site for new Alpha Video releases:

If a pre-1964 U.S. film is released on the Alpha Video label, it is almost certainly p.d.

// LULU BELLE // 1948 //

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Lulu Belle. By Columbia Pictures
Corporation. 9 reels. 0 20Jul48; L1716.
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (PBH) ;
4Sep75; R613300.

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Poster: gwoods1203 Date: May 2, 2012 4:30am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lulu Belle (1948) - copyright status?

Thank you- where did you find this information? Is it from

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Poster: Moongleam Date: May 2, 2012 11:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lulu Belle (1948) - copyright status?

No, the .gov site only has renewals for films released in 1950 or later. Renewals for earlier films are found in printed books that have been scanned and OCR'ed.

One place to find them is here at the Archive:

A movie had to be renewed 27 or 28 years after its release.

Be aware that the OCR'ed text is full of typographical errors. If the string search for "Lulu Belle" fails, look for "Lulu" or "Belle".